Patterns for Troika Technique

The troika technique of alternating 3 ends of yarn used in spot weaving such as this month’s learn-and-knit-along for the Spot Woven Dishcloth can be carried over to other slipped stitch patterns and even garter stitch and lace.

I borrowed the word “troika” from the original Russian, meaning a “set of three”.  Troika Technique uses 3 strands of yarn that are worked 1 strand each row in a rotating sequence.

Especially with slipped stitch patterns, and even with garter stitch, using the troika technique is an easy way to intermix colors or textures while working with just 1 end of yarn on a row in “stripes” that don’t really end up looking like stripes.

Another advantage of the 3-ended troika sequence is that the changes of colors are carried up each edge equally (rather than all up on just one of the edges).

Here are the patterns currently in the HeartStrings collection that incorporate the troika technique. I hope you enjoy trying out this interesting technique in one or more of these patterns. There are 2 For Free and 3 For Fee:

Troika Scarf Troika Scarf is a super easy odd-ball, stash-busting knit sideways along the length in garter stitch using any 3 different yarns in sport weight to chunky you have on hand or might dig out of your LYS’s close-out sale bin.

Pattern available for free here.

Troika Wrap-Around Faroese Shawl knitted by Joy Cyr Troika Wrap-Around Faroese Shawl is a wonderfully simple and fun shawl shaped like a giant butterfly. Knitted in a troika 3-ball garter stitch technique from the top-down, this is a great pattern for using a mix of novelty and stash yarns.

Pattern available for purchase here.

Spot Woven Dishcloth Spot Woven Dishcloth was the September KAL knit-and-learn-along project at KnitHeartStrings. In addition to using the troika technique, this project teaches spot weaving using 2 working ends of a main color and 1 end of accent spot color.

Pattern available for free here with KnitHeartStrings membership. Not a member? Join Now – There is no charge to join.

Beaded Shamrocks Socks Beaded Shamrock Socks uses spot woven stitch pattern along with the troika technique for a sturdy heel flap that mimics the look of beads. The design motivation was to carry forward the look of beading beyond the sock cuff and upper leg. But of course, using beads in the heel could be very uncomfortable if worn with shoes, lol.

Pattern available for purchase here.

Easy Asymmetry Wrap Easy Asymmetry Wrap is the ideal 3-ball pattern for creating your own one-of-a-kind designer lace shawl with a mix of fancy and/or classic yarns using the troika technique.

Pattern available for purchase here.

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Get ready for October’s KAL

Smoke Rings — Beautiful and Practical 

Our next Beyond BOBBOL Learn-and-Knit-A-Long revisits lace edgings, the Bits of Lace focus area that started off KnitHeartStrings in 2012!

Smoke Ring with Lace Edging

Smoke Ring with Lace Edging

The project is Smoke Ring with Lace Edging, a versatile accessory you can wear laid on your shoulders as a dressy cowl neckline, or pulled over your head as a wimple. A smoke ring is also sometimes referred to as a natchaq.

The “ring” part of the name refers to the smoke ring’s tubular construction. Most often, the smoke is knitted circularly to make a seamless tube. Lace stitch patterns are often used in knitting smoke rings, giving this form of cowl/wimple a dressy, upscale look.

And “smoke” refers to the light-as-air fibers with superb warmth for their weight that are often used in making smoke rings.

See the Next Up KAL page for more information, Shopping List and event dates.

I hope you will join us to knit and learn along for Smoke Ring with Lace Edging. If you are not yet a member of KnitHeartStrings, you can Join Here

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In-the-round Spot Weaving

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Spot Weaving for other Kitchen Accessories

spot woven stitch pattern

Since the Spot Woven Stitch produces a dense, non-stretchy fabric, it can be used to make sturdy kitchen accessories other than just the small dishcloth we’ve made as our practice project for this month’s KAL.

To start you thinking about other kitchen accessories you can make with spot weaving, see the guidelines below. Sizes are just a suggestion. Feel free to adapt to whatever size(s) you prefer (or for which you have enough yarn <g>).  Continue reading

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Tips for Spot Weaving and Troika Technique

Tips for learning to spot weave and handle 3 working yarn ends for the troika technique.

spot woven stitch in progressThe practice project for learning spot weaving is the Spot Woven Dishcloth (free pattern instructions available here).

To help you along and avoid pitfalls, here are questions posed by others that you might also have. I’ve also included tips I’ve found helpful in my own spot woven knitting.  Continue reading

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Win The Skinny on Lace Kit

First off, I want to congratulate Pat Pope and Diane Cagnon-Ciolek, winners of the August Prize Drawings. See what Pat and Diane won and all the other prizes and winners so far this year. Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

And now for September, look what you can win!

September Giveaway Prize: The Skinny on Lace Kit

Create a statement in lace, and wear it with pizzazz. Slimming chevrons and stylized fleur-de-lis arranged symmetrically in narrow lace bands are knitted from end- to-end in one piece — no grafting or seams to sew! This design is ideal for those who like their scarf ends to match without the hassle of grafting or provisional cast ons.

The Skinny on Lace Kit to make long wrap scarf

Kit includes –

  • 2 balls Fonty Velourine cotton and rayon blend yarn, in a lovely deep burgundy color to make the Long Wrap Scarf as pictured. Velourine is a chenille yarn wrapped with a shiny, novelty thread. This makes it easy to work with and does not “worm” like chenille yarns can often do.
  • Personally autographed, hard-copy pattern for #A87 The Skinny on Lace which includes instructions for the Long Wrap Scarf, as well as 2 other “skinny” projects: Skinny Necktie and Skinny Sash.

To Participate in the September Prize Giveaway

Want to win The Skinny on Lace Kit? Simply hop on over to the Monthly Prize Giveaway page to read about the different ways you can rack up entries.

A random drawing will be held right after I tally the entries following September 30, 2014. I’ll announce the winner as soon as possible after that. Good luck!

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Spot Woven Dishcloth

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